Territorial Ambition: Land and Society in Arkansas, 1800-1840

Land and Society in Arkansas, 1800-1840
University of Arkansas Press
  • erscheint ca. am 30. April 2020
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 168 Seiten
978-1-68226-128-6 (ISBN)
Both modern historians and early nineteenth-century observers have emphasized the wild and picturesque aspects of the Arkansas Territory, suggesting that the settlers here were more preoccupied with indolence or brawling than with economic progress. This study, first published in 1993, demonstrates that despite all its frontier roughness, Arkansas was characterized by a restless ambition that transformed the area from frontier and subsistence living to a highly productive agricultural society. This ambition - with its brutal Indian removal and expansion of slave labor -rendered Arkansas more similar to its southern neighbors than contemporary and modern portrayals would make it seem.
  • Englisch
  • Fayetteville
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  • USA
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
978-1-68226-128-6 (9781682261286)
S. Charles Bolton is emeritus professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the author of several books on colonial religion and early Arkansas and Fugitivism: Escaping Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley, 1820-1860.
A well-written and important introduction to the subject that no historian of the old southwestern frontier will want to overlook." - Ronald L. F. Davis, American Historical Review

"Bolton's in-depth research in demography, land holding, property ownership, and wealth distribution is both able and thorough - a fine, comparative exploration of early Arkansas." - Alan Gallay, Arkansas Historical Quarterly

"A delightful corrective to the state's antebellum image." - Fred Arthur Bailey, Journal of Southern History

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